Employment Law

Do Employers Have to Pay for Jury Duty in California?

Jury duty may be something that most people dread, but it is an obligation many adults must participate in. Refusing to participate in jury duty without having an acceptable reason not to is illegal. Understandably, participating in jury duty can create a financial hardship for many working people. It is important to understand whether or not an employer has to pay for the time an employee takes to participate in jury duty. Can an Employer...
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Are Non-Competes Enforceable in California?

Many people have heard of a non-compete agreement, but may not completely understand what it means. In fact, some people sign non-compete agreements as terms of their employment without even realizing it. A non-compete is a type of legal agreement that forbids an employee from going to work with a competitor of their current employer. These agreements exist to protect company secrets. However, it is important for employees to know whether or not a non-compete...
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Is Severance Pay Taxable?

When a person leaves their job, whether because they left voluntarily or because of termination or a layoff, they may attempt to make ends meet through severance pay or any other owed compensation (such as pay time off or accrued vacation time). However, many people have questions about whether severance pay is taxable. After all, taxes are a vital, if unwanted, part of all of our lives. Continue reading to learn more about severance pay...
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Are Unpaid Internships Legal in California?

It is not uncommon for college students and recent graduates to be offered unpaid internships. Often disguised as opportunities to “learn about” their field and make “connections,” unpaid internships can also be ways for companies and organizations to take advantage of free labor. Some estimates say that there are as many as 1.5 to 2 million unpaid interns working in the United States. Many questions often arise about whether or not unpaid internships are legal...
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Can an Employer Fire You for Being Sick?

You may have heard that an employer is free to fire an at-will employee for any reason at all, including missing too much work. After all, employees typically need to be at work to perform their jobs properly. However, California has strict laws in place in order to protect employees from being terminated in certain situations. Along with federal protections in certain situations, state laws can work to protect sick employees. To learn more, read...
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